SkyTeam Introduces “Mini Round-the-World” Ticket


It sounds like a bar bet: SkyTeam’s new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass fit in your pocket, it’s flexible, it’s got legs, and you can travel to a menagerie of 26 Asian countries.

You’re entitled to as many as 11 stopovers while frequent flyer miles accumulate at redline pace. Think about that for a moment. And seven SkyTeam alliance members in Asia Pacific can get you to the back-of-the-beyond.

It’s probably even cost effective. You’ll have to do the math for your itinerary. But what makes the Go Round pass economical is flexibility. All it takes is a three-day advance purchase. It’s good for a year and you can change dates and fight numbers without a fee.

It’s been compared to a “mini round-the-world” ticket, which is what geographic-based air passes are. It’s an easy way to explore Southeast Asia and touch down in Australia or New Zealand. Your itinerary must include one of those down-under countries. That’s the South West Pacific part of the pass.

You can buy the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass anywhere in the world for either economy or business class. But you need to begin and finish your trip in the same country.

The pass comes in three models. Fares are calculated within three mileage bands of 13,000, 17,000 and 21,000 miles. Again, with the proviso that one stop must be in Australia or New Zealand. You can choose from a minimum of three to a maximum of 11 flights for travel in economy or business class.

Another option for geographic-based or round-the-world tickets are third-party consolidators like Airtreks that build itineraries piecemeal while securing lowest available fares. And not just from one airline alliance. This is a great option if you want to travel overland for a stretch of your round-the-wherever journey.

The Tarmac’s View:  If you want to pull a geographic and enjoy a quick change of location in the travel mayhem of Asia, including visiting Australia or New Zealand, it’s pretty tough to beat the duct-tape answer offered by Go Round’s three-day-only advance purchase.

You can use your frequent flyer miles towards SkyTeam Travel Passes, and that can potentially tally up to more travel than using miles for point-to-point tickets.

But a little reader help, please. I’ve not found an award chart for any SkyTeam members and the Go Round Asia Pass. Nor can I comment on availability. Any experience out there? SkyTeam says it’s doable. Let’s even open the discussion up to round-the-world tickets.

Note: The Go Round Asia countries include:  Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Russian Federation East of the Urals, Singapore, South-Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

SkyTeam’s 20 members are Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

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